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Thomas: Global warming as religion draws unlikely foes

Anthropogenic (man-made) global warming skeptics have an unusual ally from the land Down Under. Recently, by a vote of 42 to 30, the Australian Senate rejected their version of cap-and-trade.

August 28, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Lott: Many appeal to emotion, not reason, in health debate

Most Americans want reform in health care that will reduce cost without sacrificing quality of care. This is long overdue and just about everyone agrees that the status quo is unsustainable.

August 27, 2009 | By Harold Lott hlott16@yahoo.com | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgians able to share health ideas

The push to revise America's health care system is one of those rare events that can dramatically change how our society works. The approval of Social Security in the 1930s was one such turning point, as was the passage of civil rights legislation in the 1960s.

August 26, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Health arguments paint a false picture

U.S. democracy may be imploding, eating itself up from within. Constitutionally guaranteed free speech has become the right to say absolutely anything, no matter how untrue or inflammatory. The right of assembly approaches mob rule, and hostility toward a legally elected president drifts toward insurrection. How did this happen?

August 25, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: Reunions connect families in love

I believe that family structures are the building blocks for all societies, here and in other countries as well. We live in a fast-changing world with so many things in our lives that seem to be just happening beyond our ability to control or avoid. Families give us an anchor that can tie the present with our personal history in the past.

August 24, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Americans are fed up for a reason

I was discussing with my son, Ken, the free-for-alls taking place in town hall meetings around the country as angry people confront members of Congress over the Obama Administration's current health care reform proposals. It isn't all that surprising, he said, and it's not just about health care.

August 22, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Glazer: Planning for the end is difficult, but sensible

Lately there's been a lot of talk about H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.

August 21, 2009 | Teressa Glazer | Community columnists


Crawford: Is it time to start feeling optimistic?

Georgia's labor commissioner, Michael Thurmond, has seen the effects of the recession up close and personal.

August 19, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Oglesby: Lineup keeps shifting for 2010 races

As predicted in the last column, new developments for the 2010 elections continue to change the political landscape on a near daily basis. This column is written early because I will have been hospitalized during its deadline period.

August 18, 2009 | Ted Oglesby | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Fish and water dominate Sweet Tea Summit

I have just attended the Sweet Tea Summit. It was like President Barack Obama's recent Beer Summit except we didn't have to endure Joe Biden and his motor mouth.

August 15, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Thomas: Feds should heed lessons of failed automakers

Forget Obamacare. Forget stimulus plans, government bailouts, cap-and-tax or any other recent or imminent spending legislation. The current level of government involvement in pensions (Social Security) and health care (Medicare, Medicaid) alone could soon bankrupt this country. General Motors and Chrysler provide the lesson here.

August 13, 2009 | Trevor Thomas | Community columnists


Crawford: Georgia's senators show skewed priorities

If you are trying to figure out what your congressmen really believe in, don't focus on what they say - look closely at what they do when it comes time to vote.

August 12, 2009 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


King: Big money influence thwarts health reform

Who owns America? Not you and me, that's for sure, and that's why Americans don't have universal health coverage.

August 11, 2009 | Joan King | Community columnists


Nichols: We all carry our turtle shells with us

During congressional hearings concerning Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to be a justice on the Supreme Court, we had an interesting exchange of ideas over lunch. Two of my friends were very concerned that Sotomayor might rule in future cases based upon her personal values and not the law itself. That is a valid concern. After all, justice is supposed to be blind.

August 10, 2009 | Tom Nichols | Community columnists


Yarbrough: Bad health habits drive up costs, Marshall says

I called Democratic Congressman Jim Marshall who represents Georgia's 8th Congressional District in Middle Georgia to check the status of health care reform currently lurching its way through Congress.

August 08, 2009 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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Dick Yarbrough: They'll have to run the 2016 race without me

My fellow Americans, it is with heavy heart that I announce to you today that I will not be a candidate for president of the United States in 2016.

April 25, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Georgia’s big political changes stir emotions

It was a joyous and emotional day when Gov. Nathan Deal signed historic legislation that legalized the possession and use of medical marijuana in Georgia.

April 22, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: Mystery of elections; their funding, their meanness

The older I get, the less I understand. I've learned that emotion trumps facts and figures when it comes to human behavior, but I don't understand the "why" behind much of that behavior. I don't understand downright meanness.

April 21, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Charles Krauthammer: Queen Hillary travels by van, but she is who she is

See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-camera pictures that made them look (to borrow from Karl Rove) like fugitives on the lam, wanted in seven states for a failed foreign policy.

April 18, 2015 | Charles Krauthammer | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: A tribute to those feeding a vital community need

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this earth doing good things. I was reminded of that by my friend, Jack Cookston, who recently had some medical issues that required him to cart around an oxygen tank wherever he went. (Happily, his health has improved and the oxygen tank is history.)

April 18, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Parties switched roles this year in state legislature

Judging from the recent session of the General Assembly, Republicans seem to have become the new Democrats in state politics.

April 15, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: Anyone but me can be a great leader

Fortune Magazine has announced its list of the World's Greatest Leaders for 2015 and would you believe that I got snubbed again this year?

April 10, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


Tom Crawford: Rushing bills through legislature hurts Georgia

There are many members of the state legislature who work hard and try to represent the best interests of their constituents back home.

April 08, 2015 | Tom Crawford | Community columnists


Joan King: Our speech is free, but often minus facts

In his 1941 State of the Union speech, Franklin D. Roosevelt listed four fundamental freedoms basic to the United States, freedoms he believed "... rightfully belonged to everyone in the world: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

April 07, 2015 | Joan King | Community columnists


Dick Yarbrough: UGA’s Class of ’19 will shine as best and brightest

If you are a high school senior hoping to attend The University of Georgia, the oldest-state chartered university in the nation, located in Athens, the Classic City of the South, you have probably heard by now whether or not you have been accepted.

April 04, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | Community columnists


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